Implementing Environmental Literacy Plans

Once your environmental literacy plan has been developed and written, implementation is the next step. During the planning process, ideally you identified the people who will be leading the implementation of different aspects of the plan and when different programs or processes will be rolled out. It’s okay to acknowledge that full, systemic implementation takes time.

Arlington Public Schools started by embedding one MWEE into their district curriculum and then continued the work until they had a district-wide environmental literacy plan which has students experiencing MWEEs throughout K-12. Watch the video below to learn how school district leaders, teachers, and facilities managers worked together to embed systemic MWEEs into the curriculum, develop an environmental literacy plan, and create a culture of sustainability and environmental literacy throughout the district. Then, check out some environmental literacy plans from around the region.

Examples of District ELPs and Implementation

A class of elementary students sit on the roof of a school with solar panels. Four students are actively conversing with a teacher and four additional students sit off to the side reviewing paper materials.
Photo courtesy of Arlington Public Schools
A teacher stands in front of a baseball field on a school campus holding a chart paper that has a list of student observations written on it. An elementary student stands next to her holding up a large yellow leaf.
Photo courtesy of Blandy Experimental Farm, UVA